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The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World

The Post-Black and Post-White Church

Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World

Efrem Smith (Author), Curtiss Paul DeYoung (Foreword by)


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The key to creating and growing a more unified and holistic church is the multi-ethnic and Christ-centered community that offers a strong connection between theology and practical ministry models, and that nurtures believers who are wrestling with what it means to be the church of the Bible today. Most books on racial reconciliation or multi-ethnic ministry center on the theological foundations, history, or social problem aspects of the topic.

The Post-Black and Post-White Church offers a practical, hands-on blueprint for developing and sustaining a multi-ethnic and Christ-centered community. Written by Efrem Smith, an innovative and passionate African American leader of the Covenant Evangelical Church and founding pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this groundbreaking book shares his skills, experience, and wisdom for congregations who want to grow into a multi-ethnic, missional identity.

The Post-Black and Post-White Church connects theology and practical ministry models for wrestling with what it means to be church in an increasingly multi-ethnic world that is polarized by class, politics, and race. The book embraces Jesus as one who was both Jewish and multi-ethnic and focuses on a theology of reconciled, multi-ethnic, and missional leadership.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506463476
  • eBook ISBN 9781506463483
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 220
  • Publication Date November 3, 2020


"Any leader who is serious about being the church God has envisioned must read this book. Smith shows us that too often Evangelicals, both White and Black, have used the 'race card' to keep from coming together as the church God has intended."

Rodney L. Cooper, Kenneth and Jean Hansen Professor of Discipleship and Leadership, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte Campus

"Every serious Christan committed to doing God's will in the world today and tomorrow will find this book a sould stirrer, a compass, and a bright light for a better tomorrow."

Stan Long, Founding pastor and pastor emeritus of Southbay Community Church, Fremont, California

"We have too few resources concerning leading toward reconciliation. This book helps fill a critical gap. Efrem Smith is a leader of leaders who knows what it means to stand in the gap between the races. . . . His writing continues to lead me on a journey of racial understanding."

Alvin Sanders, executive director, EFCA National Ministries

"As God moves in the twenty-first century, fresh eyes and fresh voices provide a much-needed fresh perspective. Efrem Smith not only offers a compelling case for this type of leadership, he embodies it."

Soong-Chan Rah, professor church growth and evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary and author of Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church

"In this book Efrem Smith challenges us to recognize the grip race has us in, and appeals to us to break free from the 'matrix' of race by casting a vision of church aligned with the ethnic realities of twenty-first century America."

Carl Nelson, president, Transform Minnesota